May 5, 2021

Bilbary Makes Deals with Califa; Two Publishers Agree To Lend to Libraries

Ebook platform Bilbary has inked deals with two trade publishers to lend ebooks, not just sell them, founder Tim Coates told LJ today. Berrett-Koehler Publishers and another mid-level trade press joined about six academic publishers in pioneering the company’s lending model.  “All our rentals will be direct to consumer, but when we partner with a […]

Kansas State Library Partners with Bilbary

The state library of Kansas will partner with ebook startup Bilbary, according to Publishers Weekly, adding a link on its website for patrons who want to buy ebooks. The move follows a meeting between Tim Coates, founder of Bilbary, and the four state librarians who constitute the ebook task force of the Chief Officers of […]

Bilbary Pledges Profits to Aid Troubled U.K. Libraries

Tim Coates, founder of ebook company Bilbary, pledged to donate a portion of Bilbary’s proceeds to British libraries, according to The Independent. Bilbary launched in the U.S. this week, and will go live in Britain next month. Billing itself as an “ebook library”, Bilbary will sell ebooks, but also allow renting and lending for a […]

State Librarians Curious as Bilbary Prepares to Launch Its Ebook Platform

Bilbary is preparing for a soft launch of its ebook platform in early March, and four state librarians who constitute the ebook task force of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) are at least curious about its potential.